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    I am in the process of putting together a 48"x13"x23" saltwater reef/fish aquarium. I want to include corals requiring high lighting. I understand that some might have to be placed closer to the lights. It has been many years since I've had a marine aquarium and LED lighting is somewhat of a mystery to me. As I go through the various manufactures they are somewhat confusing as to what is for all corals or just LPS corals. Will Current Orbit Marine lights do the trick? Any other recommendations that won't force me to mortgage the house ?
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    Hey there,

    Unfortunately i am still learning about sw. So can't comment.

    But bumping for attention for our sw experts to answer.

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    Which model of Current Marine Orbit fixture and which type of "corals requiring high lighting" are you considering?

    I'm not a lighting expert but I've been using LED's over my mixed reef tank for 4 or 5 years, though not an Orbit Marine.

    Assuming by 'corals requiring high lighting' you mean SPS corals, it seems that if you were to go with an Orbit you would go for the Orbit Pro; and probably dual Pro's.


    And even then you'd probably go with SPS corals requiring the least light positioned in the very upper regions on the tank:
    http://current-usa.com/wp-content/up...ifications.pdf

    It's my understanding that the LED fixtures which can support the full range of light-demanding SPS corals utilize 3w-5w LED's (the Orbit Pro seems to use 0.5w LED's.

    For comparison, the Orbit Marine LED (not the Pro model) uses 0.25W LED's:
    http://current-usa.com/wp-content/up...ifications.jpg
    Last edited by kaybee; 08-14-2017 at 10:15 PM.
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    I agree with kaybee. The Current Orbit Pro does very well with soft corals and such. I have not seen anyone keep SPS with the orbit but I have seen local hobbyists dual the orbit and have crazy results with acans and duncans.

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    Thanks to all. That gives me a much better idea of what to look for.
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